State Affairs

Festival to keep alive Pondy’s heritage


Heritage has always been Puducherry’s calling card, it’s unique selling point apart from its eclectic mix of sun, sand and spirituality. And now a three-day festival organised by a clutch of city-based NGOs is planning to bring alive the Union territory’s built heritage through a series of programmes, seminars and performances.

The Pondicherry Heritage Festival, scheduled to be held on February 28 – March 1, “seeks to explore the various facets of the city’s culture-its spiritual heritage, its contribution to the world of letters, art and music, its role in the country’s maritime trade, traditional and contemporary crafts, its coastline and natural environment” among others, said Ashok Panda, co-convener, Intach, one of the organisers of the heritage fest, reports Times of India.

A first for Puducherry, the organisers – People for Pondicherry’s Heritage, PondyCAN, Alliance Francaise, Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient, Institut Francaise de Pondicherry, the tourism and culture department of the Puducherry government apart from Intach – want to make the heritage fest a yearly affair incorporating natural and gastronomic heritage from next year.

“A good 60% of the tourists who come to Puducherry are interested in its heritage so a better preserved city could draw more tourists and become an economic asset,” said Olivier Litvine, director, Alliance Francaise. The festival will offer the public the unique opportunity to access many heritage buildings which are private properties.


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